Israeli forces demolish property in West Bank village
Published Thursday 12/09/2013 18:37
JENIN (Ma’an) -- Two Israeli bulldozers demolished commercial and industrial property early Thursday, including a commercial complex in Bartaa al-Sharqiya in the northern West Bank district of Jenin.
The complex consisted of 10 commercial shops that were under construction, locals said.
Israeli forces claimed that the properties were built without licenses.
Townspeople told Ma’an that the bulldozers started demolishing the complex at 6 am. The complex is 600 square meters and belongs to Hamzeh Ibrahim Qabha.
The bulldozers also demolished industrial shops for manufacturing marble. The shops belonged to Thaer Jaradat from Sila al-Harethiya. Two other garages were also demolished; the shops belonged to Mohammad Hassan Qabha and Samer Raba Qabha, locals said.
Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces that were deployed intensively in the area.
Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades. As a result, a fire broke out in a shop for tractor parts. The shop belonged to Yousef Saabna from Fahma village. Israeli forces also closed the entrances of the village and prevented Palestinians from entering or leaving Bartaa al-Sharqiya.